Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Prevention of Depression Relapse

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a method that integrates mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy. Scientific research supports that it is effective, when practiced consistently, for prevention of depression relapse and, for some, reduced use or elimination of anti-depressant medication. It has also been shown to be effective in relating more skillfully to anxiety.

Participants will develop present-focused attention that engages the body, mind, and heart in relating more effectively to patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and habitual reactive behaviors that contribute to depressive relapse. Learning to acknowledge one’s internal and external experiences with acceptance, and exploring them with curiosity and compassion, supports greater access to inner wisdom and the creation of new patterns of skillful responses.

The eight-week program includes one extended session on a Saturday.

Who benefits from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?

People who have a diagnosis of recurring depression and are in at least partial remission, as well as those who experience chronic anxiety. To benefit fully from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, a desire to be an active participant in caring for oneself, a commitment to attend weekly group, and do consistent home practices are essential.

Interested participants must do an intake session with the facilitator in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (see Referral Process). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the required intake session are paid by most insurance plans with mental health and group therapy coverage. Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety.


Wednesdays, Jan. 22 – March 11, 2020
10 a.m. to noon
Location: UI Hospitals & Clinics
Extended Session: Feb. 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020

MBCT Winter 2020

Program Fees

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is paid by most insurance plans with mental health and group therapy coverage. Participants who have mental health and group therapy insurance coverage will be billed for the required intake session as individual therapy at $315 and each of the weekly group sessions (eight total) as group therapy at $114. Claims will be billed as outpatient so charges will first go towards the deductible, which will need to be met before paying the regular co-pay at each visit.

Participants who do not have insurance or choose not to use it will be required to pay for the intake session when they attend it and, should they decide to participate in the program, the total fee of $1,083 at the time of intake.

Referral Process

People who are interested in participating in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy must do an intake session with the group facilitator in the Department of Psychiatry at UI Hospitals & Clinics. To schedule an intake or determine the appropriateness of a referral:

Mindfulness Programs
Phone: 1-319-384-5089
Email: mindfulness@uiowa.edu

Reasons Not to Participate

Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety. Persons should not be referred to this group who have current or past psychotic features; have received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) within the past six months; are actively abusing substances; have current suicidality or who are unable to function appropriately in a group setting.

Participants are more likely to benefit from the program if they are functioning well in their basic daily activities and have the energy and motivation to engage in assigned home practices consistently.